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CTE Dual Enrollment: A Strategy for College Completion and Workforce Investment PDF - Dual enrollment programs are expanding -- and so are dual enrollment programs with a career and technical education (CTE) focus. The most recent data available from the National Center on Education Statistics show that 82 percent of high schools had students enrolling in dual enrollment coursework in 2010-11. Research makes it clear that CTE dual enrollment courses improve outcomes for traditionally underserved students. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, ECS, March 2014)...

From the ECS State Policy Database: Career/Technical Education - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

From the ECS State Policy Database: Career/Technical Education--Career Academies/Apprenticeship - This policy database—updated weekly—is made possible by your state's fiscal support of the Education Commission of the States....

Noteworthy State Legislation for Improving Career and Technical Education PDF - States have been working to increase the rigor and effectiveness of career and technical education to both meet the needs of their students and to address the workforce needs of the state and the nation. This StateNote, while not exhaustive, highlights efforts in the states that appear to be "ahead of the curve" in state policy approaches. (Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, September 2009)...

Career/Technical Education - This database provides 50-state information on numerous state policies with implications for student access to and quality of high school career/technical education programs. (Melodye Bush, Education Commission of the States, August 2008)...

The Progress of Education Reform: Career and Technical Education PDF - Across the 50 states, career and technical education (CTE) programs at the K-12 and postsecondary levels have seen enormous policy action — 2013 alone saw at least 78 substantive policy changes via legislation, substantive state board rules and executive orders specific to CTE and workforce development. (Jennifer Dounay Zinth, Education Commission of the States, April 2014)...

The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards - Providing an analysis and comparison of how states adopt and implement career technical education (CTE) standards at the secondary and postsecondary levels, this report shows how those standards compare to the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC). The CCTC is a state-led initiative to establish high-quality standards developed by teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. It is the first time this information has been compiled and analyzed using a common benchmark. (National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, October 2013)...

The Alliance for Quality Career Pathways Approach: Developing Criteria and Metrics for Quality Career Pathways - Interest in career technical education continues to build. This working paper identifies criteria that define high quality career pathways and ways to measure and manage their success. Guiding principles for a local/regional career system are included, for example: ensure that career pathways are demand-driven, deeply engage employers, and use and promote data and continuous improvement strategies. Interventions mark good career pathway programs: assessment of participants' skills and needs, supportive services and quality work experiences. (Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success, February 2013)...

Characteristics of Career Academies in 12 Florida School Districts - This report describes career academies in 12 Florida school districts in the 2006/07 school year. The authors examine their structure and career clusters, the high schools offering them and the students enrolled. (Institute of Education Sciences, March 2011)...

The Road Less Traveled: Realizing the Potential of Career Technical Education in the California Community Colleges - This report examines four high-wage, high-need career pathways in the California Community Colleges as a basis for exploring the Career Technical Education (CTE) mission and its role in the college completion agenda. The study found that while CTE has the potential to meet the state’s completion, workforce and equity goals, there is a lack of priority on awarding technical certificates and degrees and an absence of clear pathways for students to follow in pursuing those credentials. (Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy, February 2011)...

Report of the Career and Technical Education Collaboration Task Force: Report and Recommendations to the Oregon Legislative Assembly - Among recommendations of Oregon's Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force were that neighboring high schools and districts coordinate with one another and community colleges to reduce duplications of programs, relocate CTE equipment among high schools and colleges and arrange for coordinated purchasing, coordinate with labor organizations to increase opportunities for apprenticeships, and develop criteria that define high quality career-related learning standards. (Oregon CTE Collaboration Task Force, September 2010)...


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